- The Chief whip of Lagos state House of assembly, Rotimi Abiru, has revealed why the state legislative arm would continue to be the best in Nigeria
- Abiru said that the House’s people-oriented programmes have distinguished it from other state assemblies in the country
- He said that this year’s stakeholders’ meeting was held to get feedback from their constituents in order to know how to serve them better
The Chief Whip of Lagos state House of assembly, Hon. Rotimi Abiru (Shomolu 2), has said that the state legislative arm would continue to be ranked the best in the country due to its people oriented programmes that transform the lives of both the citizens and the residents of the state.
NAIJ.com reports that Abiru made the disclosure on Friday, October 6, in Lagos during a constituency stakeholders’ meeting he held to interact with his constituents in order to gather their suggestions, demands and requests and forward them to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for consideration.
He said that the theme of the stakeholders’ meeting – ‘True representation and accountability’, was carefully chosen in line with the determination and deep commitment of the leadership of the House under the able leadership of its speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa in ensuring that people have meaningful representation through good laws that guarantee infrastructural development.
“Our choice of this theme is in consonance with the determination of and deep commitment of the Lagos state House of Assembly in ensuring that our people have meaningful representation through good laws that guarantee infrastructural developments, creation of more jobs, qualitative education for the benefit of all, affordable health care delivery system that ensures the well-being of our people, the establishment of a security system that promises safety of lives and property among others”, he said.
Abiru added that the previous stakeholders’ meetings he and his colleagues held with their constituents across the state led to approval of the construction of Agege Pen Cinema flyover bridge tha would commence soon, Abule-Egba flyover which has already been commissioned among others.
He noted: “I am also exceedingly delighted to inform you that most of the infrastructural projects that are evident and visible across local governments/local council development areas in the state are some of the outcome of the years 2015 and 2016 meetings respectively.
“For the benefit of doubt, let me state some of the most significant among the infrastructural projects. They are - The approval of the construction of Agege Pen Cinema flyover bridge that would commence soon; Abule Egba flyover which has already been commissioned; construction of Lekki-Ajah flyover bridge which has already been commissioned; and construction of Owutu-Isawo and Igbe/Ijede roads in Ikorodu.”
He added that he and his colleagues have continued to improve on their legislative competence and accomplishment over the past two years by reviewing the old legislations and initiating new ones where necessary to meet the current needs of people.
According to him, “We have initiated various legislations that are effectively addressing challenges such as kidnapping, ritual killings, land grabbing, armed robbery, and other crime related issues. We have passed various resolutions that have changed the lives of the people and the face of Lagos state.
“Beyond these, our pragmatic laws and vibrant representation have continued to inspire and serve as templates for many legislative institutions across the country and a model for other African countries who have continued to visit us to borrow from our rich democratic and legislative experience.”
“At this point it is important to brief you about the on-going process of further amending the 1999 Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria (as amended) by the National Assembly which is aimed at reflecting our needs and aspirations to have a better society.
“I want to assure you that the government would continue to use whatever information, suggestions and contributions gathered from this exercise in the formulation and execution of policies to the benefit of all, together we can make Lagos a better, more secured, cleaner and prosperous place to be.
“Therefore, we will be ready to receive memoranda from you in respect of your opinion and suggestions on how we can better represent your interest and for those who are yet to come up with their memoranda but wish to send one, you still have till Monday, October 9, 2017 to submit same at my constituency office.”
Responding to some questions posed by the stakeholders which boarder on infrastructural projects, flooding, power supply and security, Abiru assured that their needs, suggestions would be collated and sent to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for urgent intervention.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that one out of the remaining two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the Lagos state House of assembly, Mr Victor Akande(PDP-Ojo I), on Monday, July 10, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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